Jon
Brittain

Playwright, director and writer for stage and television

Jon Brittain is a playwright, television writer and director. His critically acclaimed play Rotterdam premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios where it earned him a nomination for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016. It later transferred to 59E59 in New York and the Arts Theatre in the West End. Rotterdam won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017.

Jon went on to write and direct a series of cult hit shows; Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows were sell-out staples at the Edinburgh Festival.

His musical about depression A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) won a Fringe First Award and has toured extensively - he is now developing it for television.

He directed the Olivier Award/Fringe First Award-winning Baby Reindeer, as well as both of John Kearns's Fosters Award winning shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick. He has also directed Tom Allen, Tom Rosenthal and many other comedians. Some not called Tom.

He was a staff writer on Series 3 of The Crown for Netflix and is currently writing television and theatre and musicals – originals and adaptations. He also sometimes turns up on Twitter in disguise.

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Theatre

Writer 

Director Luke Sheppard

Adaptation of David Walliams' much loved childrens book for stage. Lyrics written with Miranda Cooper. Music by Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler. Won UK Theatre Award for Best Production for Children & Families 2019. 

Nuffield Southampton
Rotterdam
Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliate Theatre 2017
Producer Hartshorn Hook
Director Donnacadh O’Briain
Starring
  • Alice McCarthy
  • Anna Martine
  • Jessica Clark
  • Ed Eales White
  • Full length play about gender identity and relationships.

    Theatre 503 / 59E59 / Trafalgar Studios / The Arts Theatre / Skylight Theatre, LA
    Director Alex Mitchell
    Starring
  • Madeleine MacMahon
  • Sophie Clay
  • Ed Yelland
  • Sally is a happy person, but she’s also got an illness – one that makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be.

    Songs written with Matthew Floyd Jones

    New Diorama Theatre/Pleasance Courtyard

    Reading. 

    A one man play about bulimia.

    Theatre 503
    Starring
  • Nick Kay
  • A bittersweet story of loss told from the perspective of the family dog
    Latitude Festival
    Director Jon Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Sam Donnelly
  • Paul Joseph
  • Fiona Skinner
  • Claire Timmins
  • Short play presented as part of Shhhh.... by the 503Five
    Theatre 503
    Producer Lucy Jackson
    Director Natasha Nixon
    Starring
  • Samuel Donnelly
  • Helen Duff
  • Michael Lyle
  • Comedy about the world of internet dating

    Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
    Producer Tara Wilkinson
    Director Nathalie Ibu
    Starring
  • Nicholas Lawson
  • Joshua McCord
  • Helen Millar
  • Amy Morgan
  • Comedy play in reaction to the Old Vic's A Flea in His Ear
    Old Vic, Time Warner Ignition
    Producer Lucy Jackson
    Director Jonathan Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Jack Swain
  • Alice White
  • Comedy following a relationship played out on Facebook

    Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton Fringe Festival
    Play for teenagers
    RADA
    The Wake
    Judges Award For Comedy - National Student Drama Festival
    Director Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Ashley Booth
  • One man play about family secrets spilling out at a wake
    NSDF, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh. New Diorama, London.

    Writer & Director 

    Written with Ash Palmisciano. A true story of masculinity and lad culture told from the perspective of a trans man trying to find his place in the world.

    Starring
  • Matthew Tedford
  • A satirical drag musical that tells the story of Maggie's adventures in Soho, where a wrong-turn leads to her becoming an overnight cabaret star
    Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    Producer James Seabright

    Comedy about love, Star Trek, and learning to accept who you are

    Gilded Balloon - EdFringe
    Producer Off the Kerb Productions

    Comedy theatre show

    Director 

    Baby Reindeer
    Olivier Award winner 2020 - Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
    Producer Francesca Moody
    Writer Richard Gadd
    Starring
  • Richard Gadd
  • When Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Richard Gadd offers a free cup of tea to a stranger, what appears to be a trivial interaction has ramifications far wider than he could ever have imagined.



    Summerhall, Edinburgh
    John Kearns: Shtick
    Foster's Comedy Award 2014
    Writer John Kearns
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, Soho Theatre
    John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts
    Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2013
    Writer John Kearns
    Soho Theatre

    Associate Director 

    Director Hanna Berrigan
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014
    Director David Grindley

    The world's first show based on coming-out stories

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, St James Theatre

    Television

    Writer 

    A bittersweet comedy about a funeral celebrant. Written with Adam Brace.

    Big Talk
    In Development

    Written with Richard Marsh

    NBC
    In Development
    Left Bank Pictures for Netflix
    Staff Writer
    Producer Rachelle Constant

    In development at BBC3.

    BBC 3
    Starring
  • Kwesi Boakye
  • Rupert Degas
  • Kyla Rae Kowalewski
  • Dan Russell
  • Children's animated show about a family of blue cats and pink rabbits
    Turner for Cartoon Network

    Radio

    Writer 

    Director David Hunter

    An adaptation of the Olivier Award winning stage play.


    Broadcaster Radio 3

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4